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Pedals for trike
« on: 06 April, 2024, 12:19:54 pm »
I have some Shimano pedals, but I keep pulling my feet out of lock.  I am considering Atac pedals (which I liked better a million years ago when I had clipless pedals on the fixie).
Any advice in general (e.g. it won't solve your problem, don't bother).
And specifically, what am I paying for moving from Atac 2, 4, 6, 8 ... (who do you appreciate!)
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Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #1 on: 06 April, 2024, 01:11:30 pm »
I'm using ATACs on my tourer because:

a) Recessed cleats
b) You don't get an annoying clicking from the foot switching from pushing to pulling as the pedal (not the cleat) wears like you do with SPDs

My uprights still have SPDs, because I maintain positive pressure on the pedal throughout the stroke on uprights.  I find SPD easier to engage than ATAC, which makes them superior for off-road riding.

(The Red Baron had Look road pedals, which also avoid the clicking problem.  But they're stupid to walk in.  I happen to own a set of road shoes that are ideal for racing, so I got some pedals to match.)

I'm not sure if ATACs are any less pully-outy than SPDs with the tension dialled up (I think the tension does tend to a bit higher).  It's not a problem I have.

ETA: You're not using the multi-release SPD cleats are you?  They're designed to release by pulling as well as twisting.  The normal kind have to be twisted.

Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #2 on: 06 April, 2024, 02:14:42 pm »
Ummm... Might be?
I think I am using some knockoffs.

Yeah, it's these ones
Which are, indeed, multi release.   :facepalm:
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Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #3 on: 06 April, 2024, 02:32:36 pm »
Well, there’s your problem…
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Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #4 on: 06 April, 2024, 03:14:18 pm »
I always use ATAC, but that's because I had knee problems before I started riding clipless, and Atacs were reckoned to be best for float. I've stuck with them through habit. Never pulled out accidentally.

Merlin currently have a good price on MX2 pedals - £28.50 including "easy" cleats (not tried them yet, the have a lower release angle so probably not ideal for your situation - they also have standard cleats at £12.99. I've just bought both as I've got a couple of pairs of new shoes and also wanted some bigger platform ATACs for the trike.

Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #5 on: 06 April, 2024, 05:35:18 pm »
I think I'll try other cleats first, though the n+1 urge is to get atacs (which just looks cooler).
What is the difference between the different models?
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Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #6 on: 06 April, 2024, 05:42:47 pm »
Differences are weight and materials, plus the shape of them for wider support etc.
I've got a pair of single sided on my soot bike, lots of the MX ones which have a wider platform, and some of the XC ones that are smaller (and used to be cheaper, hence me starting with them).

I don't see much difference in going for higher numbers, even the cheap ones have been perfect for me - including very long Audax riding.


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Re: Pedals for trike
« Reply #7 on: 08 May, 2024, 11:02:49 am »
I've used Shimano PD-A520s (single sided touring pedals) on Speedy for years, and get along with them well using bog-standard Shimano touring shoes.  Mind you, I was commuting back when I first got them - about 3500 miles per year + non-working day rides, and these days I'm mostly just doing day-rides so quite a bit less, but I've never accidentally unclipped even when I'm grinding up into the Pennines.  I don't race, so YMMV.
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